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Resistance Is Not to Change

In the Agile space, whether or not to do change up front is a bone of contention.  There are two extreme camps: one requiring a certain starting point (and thereby often requiring up-front change in order to follow its approach) andShow More Summary

Azure: 99.95% SQL Database SLA, 500 GB DB Size, Improved Performance Self-Service Restore, and Business Continuity

Earlier this month at the Build conference, we announced a number of great new improvements coming to SQL Databases on Azure including: an improved 99.95% SLA, support for databases up to 500GB in size, self-service restore capability,...Show More Summary

How Disqus Went Realtime with 165K Messages Per Second and Less than .2 Seconds Latency

How do you add realtime functionality to a web scale application? That's what Adam Hitchcock, a Software Engineer at Disqus talks about in an excellent talk: Making DISQUS Realtime (slides). Disqus had to take their commenting system and add realtime capabilities to it. Show More Summary

Java Posse #451

Roundup ‘14 - Effective Java 8 Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at Default Methods in Interfaces Single...Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For April 25th, 2014

Hey, it's HighScalability time: New World Record BASE jumping from World's Tallest Building. #crazy 30 billion: total Pinterest pins; 500,000,000: What'sApp users (700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day); 1 billion:...Show More Summary

What Can Men Do?

It's no secret that programming is an incredibly male dominated field. Figures vary, but somewhere from 20% to 29% of currently working programmers are female. Less than 12% of Computer Science bachelor's degrees were awarded to women...Show More Summary

Percona Live 2014 behind; MySQL ahead

I started using MySQL 11 years ago.  That’s not too long compared to other people in the industry, but nonetheless here’s my perspective on the state of the MySQL industry after attending Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2104. In...Show More Summary

Submit To The Central Scrutinizer - Paul M. Jones

(N.b.: I was unable to write this post without saying “ssscrrrrutinizer” out loud over and over. I blame my friend Ray Chavarie for inflicting Frank Zappa on me at an impressionable time in my life.) After finishing Uncle Bob’s excellent Clean Code recently, I have been looking at my own code in Aura v2 even more critically. Show More Summary

Three Things

I've expressed my disillusionment with to-do lists before. But let's try something simpler, a little experiment. What do you use to keep track of what you need to do? Hold it up, so I can see it. Humor me. Seriously! No no no, hold it closer, near the screen here. Show More Summary

The Most Deadly Pathogen of All Time

Few bacterial species have had as great an impact on humankind as the members of the Mycobacterium family, which encompass the causative agents of (among other ailments) leprosy, tuberculosis, and Crohn's Disease in humans, and Johne's Disease in farm animals. Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For April 11th, 2014

Hey, it's HighScalability time: DNA nanobots deliver drugs in living cockroaches which have as much compute power as a Commodore 64 40,000: # of people it takes to colonize a star system; 600,000: servers vulnerable to heartbleed Quotable...Show More Summary

Percona Live MySQL Conference Highlights

The Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2014 was March 31st through April 4th in Santa Clara, California. I heard numerous positive comments from attendees and saw even more on social media. Our conference team lead by Kortney Runyan...Show More Summary

Nursing the Plan Along

In the ancient time of 2008, people were still using Lotus Notes. Rumor has it that some still do, even today. Danny worked for an IBM partner which was a “full service” provider. It was the kind of company that you’d leas your entire...Show More Summary

Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For April 4th, 2014

Hey, it's HighScalability time: The world ends not with a bang, but with 1 exaFLOP of bitcoin whimpers. Quotable Quotes: @EtienneRoy: Algorithm: you must encode and leverage your ignorance, not only your knowledge #hadoopsummit - enthralling Chris Brenny: A material is nothing without a process. Show More Summary

How to kill creativity, part 1 - Anna Filina

Edit: I recommend reading this article first and then watching the video afterwards. It will make more sense in this order. I first viewed this enlightening lecture on creativity by John Cleese (Monty Python) a few years ago. Since then,...Show More Summary

How WhatsApp Grew to Nearly 500 Million Users, 11,000 cores, and 70 Million Messages a Second

When we last visited WhatsApp they’d just been acquired by Facebook for $19 billion. We learned about their early architecture, which centered around a maniacal focus on optimizing Erlang into handling 2 million connections a server, working on All The Phones, and making users happy through simplicity. Two years later traffic has grown 10x. Show More Summary

Java Posse #450

Roundup ‘13 - Idealism vs Compromise Fully formatted shownotes can always be found at Code Coverage Domain Driven Design - Eriz Evans Acceptance...Show More Summary

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